Welcome to the city of forts

Gwalior A city with a colourful history that goes back over a millennia, Gwalior claims its origin from a legend according to which a warrior called Suraj Sen was cured of an incurable disease by a hermit, Gwalipa, who lived on the hilltop where the present Gwalior fort stands. The warrior in gratitude founded the city of Gwalior

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2000, 00:00 AM IST

Gwalior

A city with a colourful history that goes back over a millennia, Gwalior claims its origin from a legend according to which a warrior called Suraj Sen was cured of an incurable disease by a hermit, Gwalipa, who lived on the hilltop where the present Gwalior fort stands. The warrior in gratitude founded the city of Gwalior.

Gwalior has now become a city of immense importance and a wonderful place to witness the magnificent Moghul Architecture. The fact that it was ruled by many mighty rulers and has been the birthplace of many dynasties has ensured that it has a varied architectural heritage with each dynasty leaving its own indelible mark over the city.
Places to visit

The Gwalior Fort: Standing on a steep mass of sandstone, the Gwalior Fort, which dominates the city, is a magnificent monument. The scene of many momentous events like imprisonments, battles and jauhars (mass Sati), this one has a reputation for being one of the most invincible forts of India. It has aptly been described as `the pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind`.

Gujari Mahal: This is a monument built within the Gwalior fort to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for the intrepid Mrignayani a tribal Gujar Queen. Within the Fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. Gujari Mahal has survived in an almost total state of preservation with its interior being converted into an Archaeological Museum housing rare antiquities, some of them dating as far back as the 1st century AD.

Man Mandir Palace: Built by Raja Mansingh, the vast chambers of this palace with fine stone screens were once beautiful music halls, and behind these screens, the royal ladies learnt music from the great masters of the day.
Teli Ka Mandir and Sas Bahu Ka Mandir - The Teli Ka Mandir, is a 9th century Pratihara Vishnu temple and is a unique blending of architectural styles. Also dedicated to Vishnu is the graceful 11th century temple the Sas-Bahu Ka Mandir.

Jai Vilas Palace and Museum: The Jai Vilas Palace is the current residence of the Scindia family. About 35 rooms of this palace have been converted into the Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum, and in this museum, the splendour of the regal lifestyle of the past comes alive. The Scindia Museum offers a glimpse into the rich culture and lifestyle of princely India in a way no other museum can.

Tansen`s Tomb: One of the `nine jewels` of Akbar`s court and a father figure for the Hindustani classical musicians in India, Tansen lies buried in Gwalior. The memorial to this great musician is not just a monument; it is part of Gwalior`s living cultural heritage. There is a `Tansen Music Festival` held here every year in November and December when renowned artistes from all over India gather at Gwalior to pay tribute to Mian Tansen.

Ghaus Mohammed`s Tomb: This is a sandstone mausoleum built for the Afghan prince Ghaus Mohammed, is a living example of early Mughal architecture.

How to reach Gwalior

By Air: Gwalior is connected by air with Bhopal, Bombay, Delhi and Indore.

Rail: Gwalior, on the central line, is connected with all major cities in India

Road: Gwalior is well-connected by road with Agra (118 km), Bhopal (420 km), Mumbai (1,086 km), Delhi (318 km), Indore (486 km), Khajuraho (280 km), Sanchi (344 km), and other important cities in India

Accommodation:

Hotel Gwalior Regency

Address: Link Road, Gwalior 474 002, India
Phone: +(91)-(751)-340670/340674

Hotel Landmark

Address: 47, Manik Vilas, Near Railway Station, Gwalior 474 002, India
Phone: +(91)-(751)-345780/511271
Hotel Shelter

Address: Padav,Opp. Indian Airlines Office, Gwalior 474 003, India
Phone : +(91)-(751)-326209/3262210/3262211/3332909
Fax : +(91)-(751)-326212

Hotel Tansen Gwalior

Address: 6A, Gandhi Road, Civil Lines, Gwalior 474 002, India
Phone: +(91)-(751)-340370

Hotel Vivek Continental P. Ltd.

Address: Topi Bazar, Gwalior 474 001, India

Phone: +(91)-(751)-329016/327017/322938

Welcomgroup Usha Kiran Palace

Address: Jayendra ganj, Lashkar, Gwalior 474 009, India
Phone : +(91)-(751)-323993 Fax : +(91)-(751)-321103

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